The Ryebuck Shearer

  • This song comes with historical background and definitions of Australian terms. This information provides a humourous insight into the life of an itinerant sheep shearer in the early days of Colonised Australia.
  • With easy rhythms, this is a great song for focussing on the melodic elements "fa" and "low ti".
  • A fantastic song for teaching the concept of ties and the difference between slurs and ties.
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Kodály Analysis:

The Ryebuck Shearer Theme: Australian Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: C Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: s low l low ti low d finalis r m f s Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: s low d ; d ti low l low s low ; d r m d ; m r m ; m f s ; s m r d ; d ti low d finalis ; d r d ; s low m


Origin: Australian Folk Songs
Source: Eureka: The Songs That Made Australia; Omnibus Press

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